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A Luxury Yurt Getaway 1.5 Hours From Washington, D.C.

Discover this Hidden Gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Skyline Yurt Awaits

Living in the city, I often crave the sounds of the outdoors and wish to escape to the mountains. Last weekend my mountain-side sanctuary was the Skyline Yurt, a brand-new gem nestled in the tranquil serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With its perfect blend of rustic charm and modern amenities, Skyline Yurt is a luxurious getaway that feels like a well-kept secret. Thank you to the Skyline Yurt owners for hosting a few of us to experience the property for ourselves!

Emily is lounging in a hammock on the hill overlooking the Skyline Yurt.
Emily Lounging at the Skyline Yurt

Upon arriving, we were immediately captivated by the unique, custom wooden yurt surrounded by Virginia's lush scenery. The yurt itself was a masterpiece of design and construction, featuring an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and expansive windows that offered breathtaking views of the mountains. And when we stepped inside, we knew we were in for a special experience.

The interior of Skyline Yurt was just as impressive as its exterior. The full kitchen had everything we needed for our stay, and the cozy living area with a wood-burning stove was perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring. The large deck, complete with a sunken hot tub, offered the perfect spot for stargazing, grilling, and corn hole.

During our stay, we also took advantage of a few of the many activities available in the surrounding area. Here are some suggestions for nearby activities:

  • Take a hike on the West Thompson WMA trail, a 2.3-mile loop just a 7-minute drive away.

  • Indulge in wine tastings at Fox Meadow Winery (8 min) or Glen Manor Vineyards (29 min).

  • Explore the Trumbo Hollow via the Appalachian Trail, a 6.2-mile out-and-back trail only 14 minutes away.

  • Drive 20 minutes to the entrance of Skyline Drive & Shenandoah National Park for stunning mountain and valley views.

  • Visit the Front Royal Visitor Center (21 min) or the quirky Dinosaur Land Museum (21 min).

  • Discover underground beauty at Skyline Caverns (23 min) or shop at the Shen-Val Farm Market (23 min).

  • Hike Buzzard Hill via the Appalachian Trail (26 min) or Buzzard Rock Trail (30 min).

  • Enjoy the picturesque Shenandoah River State Park (30 min).

  • Walk the Snead Farm Dickey Ridge Loop Trail (31 min) and visit the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (31 min).

  • Sip on some wine at Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery (34 min).

  • Get apple cider donuts and hot sauce at the Apple House (18 min).

Emily stands on rock formations at Buzzard Rock.
Emily at Buzzard Rock

One of the best aspects of our stay at Skyline Yurt was the attention to detail and thoughtful amenities provided by the hosts. From the board games and firewood to the Nespresso coffee machine and EV charging station, it was evident that our experience there was a top priority. And with the yurt being pet-friendly and accommodating up to eight guests, it's a great getaway for families, friends, and even furry companions.

While my experience at Skyline Yurt was fantastic, keep in mind that everyone's preferences and experiences may differ. If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the beauty and tranquility of the Blue Ridge Mountains, consider booking a stay at Skyline Yurt. With its luxurious amenities, unique design, and stunning surroundings, it's a one-of-a-kind retreat that you won't soon forget. To make a reservation, simply visit Be sure to check out their Instagram page (@skylineyurt) too as they post many last-minute deals at great discounts when there's an opening.



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Emily Moore from is a travel and lifestyle blogger based in the D.C. metro area.

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